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Week 8 Fantasy Football Sit ‘Em/Start ‘Em

It's that time of the season where deep sleeper picks have suddenly emerged as viable fantasy options. Did you ever think you'd consider Jacksonville running back/wide receiver Denard Robinson as a viable starting option over Toby Gerhart? You're lying if you said you did! And there are many more players like Robinson who are now being thrust into starting roles. A couple of those sleepers are even listed here.

To balance these Sit 'Em/Start 'Em articles, we'll mix and match Pro Bowl caliber players with some sleepers. The point of listing obvious starters is to help you not over think matchups. For example, a question like this should never arise: I have Brian Hoyer and Jay Cutler on my team. Should I start Hoyer over Cutler because the former's matchup is better this week? (It is by the way.) While the Bears are fighting like children right now, Chicago won't bench Cutler whereas the Browns actually considered using Manziel last week. So, you get my point. And the point of listing sleepers is just as obvious. By now some of your starters are hurt and you need replacements quickly.

Just as a note, all fantasy stats are based on Yahoo! leagues whose stats are provided by Pro Football Focus. With that, let's move onto week eight of the NFL season and your Sit 'Em/Start 'Em candidates

20 Philadelphia/Arizona Defense - SIT

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19 Buffalo Bills Defense - START

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18 Delanie Walker - TE, Tennessee Titans - SIT

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Walker has been cooling off, and he's going against a Texans' defense that has only given up an average of 5.7 fantasy points to opposing TEs. The most points their defense surrendered was way back in week one, and they have no surrendered more than 10 points since week three.

17 Owen Daniels - TE, Baltimore Ravens - START

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16 Andre Holmes - WR, Oakland Raiders - SIT

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Holmes isn't the worst start, but there could be better options in your lineup. Unlike fellow colleague James Jones, Holmes is the Raiders' big play threat, which means he'll be hit or miss while he plays with the rookie quarterback. Case in point: Last week Holmes only had three catches for 34 yards.

15 Doug Baldwin - WR, Seattle Seahawks - START

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14 Mohamed Sanu - WR, Cincinnati Bengals - SIT

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13 Golden Tate - WR, Detroit Lions - START

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12 Percy Harvin - WR, New York Jets - SIT

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11 Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb - WR, Green Bay Packers - START

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10 Denard Robinson - RB, Jacksonville Jaguars - SIT

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9 Lamar Miller - RB, Miami Dolphins - START

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8 Zac Stacy - RB, St. Louis Rams - SIT

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7 Jerick McKinnon - RB, Minnesota Vikings - START

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6 Matt Asiata - RB, Minnesota Vikings - SIT

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5 Mark Ingram/Travaris Cadet - RB, New Orleans Saints - START

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With Pierre Thomas missing at least two weeks due to a shoulder injury, the opportunity is there for Ingram to become the  lead running back in the Saints' offense. Fantasy owners have likely been frustrated with the Saints' running-back rotation, but this may be the week their thinning patience pays off.

4 Andy Dalton - QB, Cincinnati Bengals - SIT

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3 Tony Romo - QB, Dallas Cowboys - START

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2 Ben Roethlisberger - QB, Pittsburgh Steelers - SIT

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1 Carson Palmer - QB, Arizona Cardinals - START

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Don't look now, but the Cardinals are playing solid football and sit atop the powerful NFC West. One reason they're there is because of the elite QB play they've received from both Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. Since returning from injury, Palmer has re-established himself as the starter and has four solid receiving threats in Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and Andre Ellington. Against an Eagles defense that has given up the 5th most points to QBs, dial up Palmer with confidence.

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